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. >> good morning. national healthcare reform is going to come up in wednesday night's debate and it's going to be interesting to see how mitt romney tries to distance himself from the massachusetts plan that served as an outline for the affordable care act. cnn reports that the romney campaign has sent out a mailer to voters in virginia. healthcare reform as a tax hike and a job killer. it promises that romney will take immediate steps to repeal and replace healthcare reform on day one. the two lesser known healthcare reform provision of the affordable care act kick in today and that means good news for patients and consumers. we're using head care's -- we're using medicare's coverage to help provide more efficient care and higher quality care by withholding 1% of medicare payments to about 3,000 hospitals. medicare authorities can then redistribute and that $850 million to reward hospitals that perform the best. the second part of approving equality of care comes from encouraging hospitals to lower the rate of readmission
that to me. speaking of healthcare. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] e.r. doctors you suck. mitt romney's comments on "60 minutes" saying emergency rooms provide care to people who don't have insurance. a group representing emergency room doctors. >> you don't just die in your apartment. you go to the emergency room and send an ambulance for you and then you lose everything you have and your bank account gets emptied out. >> stephanie: head of the american college of physicians said emergency care is not health insurance. you would think he might know. >> considering he actually said that four years ago! he said specifically that's not -- >> stephanie: he understands the whole point. that's why the system is broken because some people use the emergency room for primary care or their only care and then we all pay for it. exactly. let's go to jerry in nashville. you're on "the stephanie miller show." hi jer. >> caller: hello stephanie. i disagree with you but i respect your whole crew. you've been very well-informed.
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